Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public open house in Glasgow for the Fish & Wildlife Commission on May 21, which will be followed by the commission's regular monthly meeting in Fort Peck, on May 22.
The open house will be held for area residents to informally visit with Fish & Wildlife Commissioners and other FWP staff. The open house starts at 6:30 p.m. on May 21 at FWP Region 6 Headquarters, 54078 U.S. Highway 2 West. Before the open house commissioners will participate in an Intake Diversion Dam and paddlefish tour on the lower Yellowstone River. That's set to begin at 8 a.m.
The commission's regular meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on May 22 at the Fort Peck Hatchery in Fort Peck, 277 Highway 117. Commissioners will make final decisions on:
- public-safety and construction related closure rules on the Big Hole, Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers;
- moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat hunting quotas outside biennial ranges;
- a bighorn sheep and domestic sheep commingling management area in northern Montana; and
- a grazing lease on the Robb Ledford Wildlife Management Area near Sheridan.
The commission will also consider proposals for:
- a temporary waiver of fishing bag limits for trout on Camas Lake and Elkhorn Creek near Hamilton;
- upcoming wolf hunting and trapping seasons;
- wolf quotas for landowner take allowed under a recently passed law;
- upcoming furbearer trapping seasons and harvest quotas;
- upcoming upland game bird hunting harvest quotas and limits;
- a work plan for nongame conservation funded by income tax check-off contributions;
- a hunting access agreement in hunting district 411 in the Snowy Mountains; and
- a two year cooperative management area agreement for access to Avista Corporation property in Sanders County.
FWP will seek the commission's endorsement to proceed with projects that would: conserve fish and wildlife habitat and allow for angling, hunting, and other recreational use on 635 acres along the Musselshell River in central Montana; create an instream flow lease on Cow Creek near Chinook; and allow for bighorn sheep augmentations or transplants in several areas.
Informational items include reports on Montana's water supply, a fish health rule and a recent request from Alberta, Canada wildlife officials for sage grouse to augment populations there.
FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements call FWP at 406-444-3186.